Supreme Court Won't Hear Rick Scott's Drug-Testing Case

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Rick Scott has apparently never met a person he doesn't want to test for drugs. Whether welfare recipients or state employees, the governor has created quite the controversy throughout his first term by unleashing strict plans to drug-test Floridians -- only to see those plans challenged and derailed in court.

Well, today the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear Scott's appeal of a lower court's decision that his plan to drug-test all state workers is unconstitutional.

In 2011, Scott had made an executive order that giving consent to random and suspicion-less drug tests would be a condition of employment for all state workers in Florida. The order was quickly challenged in court, and in May 2013 the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the order was unconstitutional. The court said it violated the Fourth Amendment, which protects citizens against unreasonable searches and seizures.

Scott appealed the decision to the Supreme Court, but today the body decided it would not take up the case. However, the justices did add that random drug-testing of some employees does not violate the Fourth Amendment. Those jobs include "certain safety-sensitive categories of employees -- for instance, employees who operate or pilot large vehicles, or law enforcement officers who carry firearms in the course of duty."

But the person who, for example, empties the trash in the governor's mansion can't be drug-tested without suspicion.

Labor groups are counting the decision as a win.

Scott's other drug-testing policy, the one that required testing of anyone who received public assistance form the state, has also been deemed unconstitutional by various courts and struck down in federal court. Scott's administration is still appealing that decision.

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illicitgains
illicitgains

Does ANYONE see a connection?... Rick Scott "gave" his wife his growing chain of walkin clinics....CareSpot, formerly 'Solantic' because of the heat from his 2 BILLION Hospital medicare FRAUD case. .... So....

He has hopes of half the state getting a notice to visit your friendly neighborhood "CareSpot" for 'Test Collections' every six months and billing the state....massively!

Anthony Fuda
Anthony Fuda

What a loser this guy is man smoke a joint enjoy life bro

Christian Ferreyra
Christian Ferreyra

If they do so, they will have to bring people from other countries to get clean workers, LMFAO!

Shayla Walsh
Shayla Walsh

His buddies behind those test won't get paid after all. So sad.

Jeffrey Knight
Jeffrey Knight

Maybe he'll renew his push for drug testing if he wins re-election.

Jimmy Herard
Jimmy Herard

what is the merits of his survey methods, to inquire an emotional control or reaction to present control or to set a status on the inquiring subject, quite frankly that is a survey, I'd like to ask Rick Scott's is there an objective or a counter terrorist method on the public which under the district of Columbia, institutionally classified as the United States of America, gov Rick Scott we including you are a part undifferentiated of this territory please do not patronize us public citizen even if you're in the private citizen sector.

Susan Sentenac
Susan Sentenac

Can't comment on what I really think of this man.....

Ralphie Salas
Ralphie Salas

He just wants to line his pockets with some more of our money. Lol what a douche

Chris S. Kilibarda
Chris S. Kilibarda

I cannot wait to work against this idiot in the general election... I really hope people come out in droves to get him out of office

Ernie Torres
Ernie Torres

Why doesn't he focus his energy on drug testing people getting public assistance instead of hard working people who actually contribute to society???

Amy Madison
Amy Madison

Aww, you mean Dick Scott will have to get rich(er) some other way? Poor guy.

Ed Ochoa
Ed Ochoa

Not that I like Rick Scott because I do not, but I do not see why state workers cannot be drug tested, Employers drug test their employee's, and so does other Public agencies, why are they exempt?

Tanya C Davis
Tanya C Davis

thanks for wasting more tax dollars Skeletor.

Sayad Khan
Sayad Khan

They should do a psychology test on him. BATSHIT crazy.

Danny Cespedes
Danny Cespedes

Scam artist. He wants to drug test everyone so his drug testing company profits in a big way. Any other person would have been arrested and instead, this conman continues to get a pass.

Exiliado
Exiliado topcommenter

Did you read the article?


He wants to drug test welfare recipients, but it was also deemed unconstitutional. He's still fighting it.

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